Category: Drug Policy

Articles examing the policies that shape drug addiction in our country.

Why Do People Use Drugs?

Table of Contents Introduction In our journey through life, the paths we take are as varied and complex as the reasons behind our choices. Among these, the decision to use drugs stands out as a particularly intricate issue, fraught with emotional, societal, and biological underpinnings. At Struggling With Addiction, we recognize the multifaceted nature of […]

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Why is Addiction Treatment so Expensive in the USA?

There’s a massive gap between the number of people who need addiction treatment in the United States and those who actually get it. According to the 2021  NSDUH report, 46.3 million people 12 and older met the applicable DSM-5 criteria for having an addiction in the past year. Yet, only 6% got help at a specialty facility. […]

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Reducing Recidivism in Addiction: The Crucial Role of Comprehensive Treatment

The struggle to overcome addiction and break free from its grasp is an arduous journey, full of challenges and setbacks. And for those who’ve experienced incarceration due to substance-related offenses, this struggle is further compounded by the risk of recidivism. A comprehensive addiction treatment program is a great tool to assist in reducing recidivism. Recidivism, […]

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Employment Opportunities Without Drug Screenings

Drug testing has become a standard practice for many employers. Most of them perform drug screenings to ensure workplace safety, maintain a drug-free workplace, and, in some cases, comply with legal requirements. While a drug screen can be an essential tool for employers to maintain workplace safety and productivity, it can also be a barrier for those […]

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Tranq: How An Animal Sedative Created a New Overdose Threat

Tranq, an animal sedative, is spreading through the United States illicit drug supply and is thought to be responsible for the surge in overdose cases. The drug is now posing a new threat in the country's ongoing battle against drug overdoses. Tranq is appearing more frequently in synthetic opioids, particularly fentanyl, causing deaths and severe side effects. Although most […]

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Do Needle Exchange Programs Actually Help Addicts?

Needle exchange programs (NEPs) or syringe services programs (SSPs) are public health initiatives that provide clean needles and other injection equipment to people who inject drugs. They aim to reduce the transmission of blood-borne infections, such as HIV and hepatitis C, among drug users. NEPs also often offer other health services, such as:   How […]

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Does Methadone Actually Help Treat Addiction?

Methadone has been used to treat people with extreme pain for decades and has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat opioid addiction. According to SAMHSA, methadone can help people with opioid use disorder reduce their cravings and withdrawal symptoms, stay in treatment longer than those who are not taking it, and […]

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US Hospitals Should Have Addiction Treatment Specialists on Staff

The number of drug overdose deaths in the United States has skyrocketed in recent years, with opioids leading the way as one of the most deadly and addictive substances. Many even consider it a drug overdose epidemic. According to the CDC, there were approximately 107,000 overdose deaths in 2021. In the same year, SAMSHA identified […]

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Has Oregon's Decriminalization of Drugs Reduced Addiction?

As part of an ongoing war on drugs, in November 2020, Oregon became the first state in the US to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of hard drugs. The measure, known as Measure 110, was widely praised by drug policy reform advocates as a progressive step that would help to reduce the stigma around drug use […]

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How Drug of Choice Differs Across the United States

Drug abuse or addiction is a huge problem in the United States. According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health report, 164.8 million people aged 12 or older (60.2%) had used substances like illegal drugs, alcohol, or tobacco in the past month. Within that time, 47 million people smoked cigarettes, and 139.8 million drank alcohol. The […]

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